FA Cup Draw 2015-16 Schedule: 4th-Round Fixtures and Dates Released

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2016

OXFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Oxford players and fans celebrate victory after The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Oxford United and Swansea City at Kassam Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Oxford, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Oxford United will get the chance to continue their thrilling run in the fourth round of the FA Cup after drawing the winner of Newport County and Blackburn Rovers on Monday, while non-league representatives Eastleigh host Leeds United if they can overcome Bolton Wanderers in their replay.

Holders Arsenal will face Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, while 11-time winners Manchester United will play away at Derby County.

Chelsea and Liverpool are also among the 15 Premier League sides still in the competition and will take on Northampton Town or MK Dons and West Ham United, respectively—provided the Reds can emerge unscathed from their replay with Exeter City at Anfield.

Last year's finalists Aston Villa are by no means guaranteed a place in the fourth round after drawing 1-1 with Wycombe Wanderers, but if Remi Garde's men can beat them at the second time of asking, they'll be rewarded with the potentially thankless task of hosting Manchester City.

Here is the full list of fixtures for the FA Cup fourth round following Monday's draw:

FA Cup 2015-16: Fourth-Round Fixtures
West Bromwich Albion or Bristol Cityvs.Peterborough United
Eastleigh or Bolton Wanderersvs.Leeds United
Derby Countyvs.Manchester United
Huddersfield Town or Readingvs.Walsall
Exeter City or Liverpoolvs.West Ham United
Wycombe Wanderers or Aston Villavs.Manchester City
Shrewsbury Townvs.Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forestvs.Watford
Carlisle United or Yeovil Townvs.Everton
Crystal Palacevs.Stoke City
Oxford Unitedvs.Newport County or Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town or Portsmouthvs.Bournemouth
Colchester Unitedvs.Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City
Bury or Bradford Cityvs.Hull City
Northampton Town or MK Donsvs.Chelsea
BBC Sport

Fixtures will be played between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, 2016.


Sports reporter and commentator Ian Abrahams shared his predictions for the fixtures to be televised:

Oxford's 3-2 defeat of Swansea City was the highlight of the third round as they displayed the kind of fighting spirit often seen in cup upsets, per BT Sport:

The club have history in this competition having reached the quarter-finals in 1964—playing in English football's fourth tier just as they do now.

The Mail on Sunday's Oliver Holt believes the U's are one the verge of something special:

Indeed, a good cup run can only improve the already positive atmosphere around the club, and after dispatching the Swans, Oxford have little reason to fear fellow League Two side Newport or Championship strugglers Blackburn—particularly with the match taking place at the Kassam Stadium, per Squawka Football:

As for the Gunners, the Premier League will likely be their focus as this season represents their best shot at the title in years, but they'll also be bidding to become just the third team to lift the FA Cup on three consecutive occasions after Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers did so back in the 1800s.

Derby will no doubt be eyeing Manchester United with relish after the Red Devils scraped through the third round thanks to Wayne Rooney's last-minute penalty against League One's Sheffield United.

While in the past United's stature ensured they were arguably the team those outside of England's top-tier most hoped to draw in the cup, they're now likely a desired draw as they're more vulnerable than ever to a giant-killing.

Per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, United have a strong record at Pride Park but could struggle:

Indeed, with Derby flying high in the Championship and United so toothless going forward, the Red Devils are ripe for the plucking if the Rams can get past David De Gea and Co., so expect them to really go at Louis van Gaal's side.